What are the different methods of speaking after a laryngectomy?

After a laryngectomy There are 3 different methods for voice rehabilitation following a laryngectomy: Speaking with a voice prosthesis. Speaking with an electrolarynx. Oesophageal and tracheoesophageal speech.

How long after a laryngectomy can you use an electrolarynx?

About 3 to 5 days after your surgery, you’ll start using an electrolarynx to speak. About 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery, you can start learning to use other ways to speak, such as esophageal speech or tracheoesophageal speech.

What are two options for voice production after laryngectomy?

The 3 basic options for voice restoration after total laryngectomy (TL) are (1) artificial larynx speech, (2) esophageal speech, and (3) tracheoesophageal speech.

Can you still speak after a laryngectomy?

If you have had all of your larynx removed (total laryngectomy), you will not be able to speak normally, because you’ll no longer have vocal cords. There are a number of different ways you can learn to communicate again, although they can take weeks or months to learn.

What is a TEP device?

A device that is placed in the wall that separates the trachea and esophagus in order to enable a total laryngectomy patient to make voice.

Does Medicare pay for electrolarynx?

Fortunately, the laryngectomee related items that have been accepted for coverage in just the last few years, such as the HMEs (Heat Moisture Exchangers) and Voice Amplifiers, have little or no variation from state to state. In any case, Medicare will pay 80% of the amount it allows.

What is one of the main methods of voice restoration after a total laryngectomy?

A voice prosthesis is the most common way to restore speech after surgery. After surgery to remove the whole of your voice box (total laryngectomy), you are no longer able to speak in the normal way. But there are different ways you can communicate and learn to speak again.

Can you get a new voice box?

How do I order an electrolarynx?

We have at least 5 ways to take your order:

  1. The webshop one this site (click here)
  2. By phone: Toll free +1 (800) 388-8642. Main phone +1 (210) 492-0864 (se habla Español)
  3. By fax: +1 (210) 492-1584.
  4. By email​ [email protected]
  5. By visiting us: 4754 Shavano Oak, suite 104, San Antonio TX 78249.

How is a TEP inserted?

For tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP), the surgeon makes an opening between the trachea and esophagus. A small plastic or silicone valve fits into this opening. The valve keeps food out of the trachea. After TEP, patients can cover their stoma with a finger, and force air into the esophagus through the valve.

How long does TEP last?

You will likely need your TEP changed every 2-3 months.